The ECHL has suspended Wheeling Nailers forward Keven Veilleux for 10 games and fined him an undisclosed amount for using a racial slur against South Carolina defenseman Scooter Vaughan.
“The suspension is a result of inappropriate comments made by Mr. Veilleux in and around the penalty boxes subsequent to a third period altercation,” the ECHL said in a prepared statement. “The comments were racial in nature.”
Veilleux is a second-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2007 and missed all of last season with a knee injury. Veilleux and Vaughan fought twice in Sunday’s game, a 5-0 loss for the Stingrays.
‘’I’m horrified and I’m disgusted,’’ Wheeling alternate governor Tim Roberts told The Intelligencer/Wheeling News/Register. ‘’It will not be tolerated.’’
A year ago, Vaughan, a former University of Michigan star, played 20 games for the Nailers during the 2011-12 season.
“We are disappointed with the events that took place on the ice in Wheeling Sunday afternoon,” said Stingrays president Rob Concannon. “As an organization, we stand behind Scooter Vaughan. He is a true professional. Hopefully this will be a lesson and a learning experience for our society. We respect the ECHL’s decision and we look forward to putting this situation behind us.”
Vaughan has played in 20 games for the Stingrays this season, recording five assists.
“The ECHL will not tolerate incidents of this nature as all players in the League shall be afforded a level of respect and right to function in a workplace free of racial intolerance,” the ECHL statement said. “The ECHL will continue to hold all players responsible for their actions/comments regardless of previous events that may have taken place. It is the expectation and understanding of the ECHL that the Wheeling organization will undertake internal measures to provide training and education course(s) to the parties involved to further address and remedy the situation.”
The two teams did not play each other again this season.